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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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482 Ratings

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of dickroop
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We bought this for a pilsner and lager tasting fest. It poured very pale, little color. Smell was like swamp water, distinct sulfury aroma present, kinda skunky. Taste included some indistinct sweetness, no hops in eveidence, a suggestion of some honey. Mouthfeel was watery. Drinkability? Not again, please! Maybe if I was in Turkey, it would be be fresher and better appreciated.

dickroop, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
1.85/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

bouteille, cadeau de Turquie

bière blonde commerciale classique sans grande distinction, couleur paille pale, odeur sucré de mais-malt, presque pas de houblon, très aqueuse en bouche, finale rapide, désaltérante par contre ce qui l'aide, à boire avec des mets très épicés.

rodenbach99, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pils glass, the liquid is a bit dark for a pils, gold in color, with good carbonation. The head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is kinda stinky, it smells like any skunked old Euro pils that just spent a year on a boat, in a green bottle, on the sun deck.

The taste is better, not offensive just average, not real hopy like a pils more bready.

The mouthfeel is ok at best, medium body but need good carbonation to add some bite.

The drinkability is average. Its all not very good, I would rather a better brew. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw yellow with a chemically enhanced, pure white head

Smell: A little funky, light malt and minimal hops

Taste: A little difficult to begin with, but it mellows out as the can is tilted a few times.

Mouthfeel: Charged carbonation, light. Seems to warm and thicken quickly in the Turkish heat.

Drinkability: Once the flavor is mastered, it is not too bad. Extremely cheap. It is a good beer to keep stocked in the tent fridge because people rarely steal it.

SargeC, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing and thirst quenching qualities of the Efes Pils. It poured crystal clear and pale straw in color, with a moderate white head that rapidly settles to a thin cover. This Turkish version of a German pilsener has a very mild, pleasingly sweet, grainy aroma. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the taste is clean, crisp & refreshing with little aftertaste. The Efes pils is the perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day, just after you finish mowing the lawn.

86sportster883, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Vancer
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sheesh, what a turkey of a beer, har! This one poured the lightest and almost no color, except for a drop of lemon extract. Hey, is this a Mic Ultra?

Whoo, no, a big pungent aroma of malt and veggies tell a different story. And, capped off with a taste of steamed sour kraut in a pot of barley, makes me long for a Macro brew. Must be a mix of ½ barley and ½ corn.

Bitter and harsh finish, this is not even good for lawn mover beer – comes in high priced at appx. $8 a sixer.

Vancer, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.63/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, moderately low and frothy. Poor retention.
Aroma: strange small malty aroma with a floral twist.
Taste: grainy and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: drying, strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength, moderate body.
Finish: bitter and short.
Overall: the label states it is entirely made from barley malty, but I strongly doubt it. Sameness, characterless, nothing special. First and last one.

AlexLMS, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Efes Pilsner pours a deep golden body that rests gently beneath a two-fingered head of creamy bright white froth. Tiny bubbles rise slowly and sporadically. The head takes its time in descending, and then maintains a creamy, solid surface covering. Some very nice lace is also left behind, as well as some fairly solid rings of lace.

The nose displays a combination of grainy maltiness, a mild grassiness, dusty earth, and even a touch of spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a sturdy medium body, and creamy smooth with just a light snap of crispness before it softens.

The flavor is decidedly malty with a grainy, cereal-like, and honeyish character . Spicy and grassy hops step in at mid-palate and help to balance it, and it finishes a touch sweet with lingering malt and swirling spicy hop notes. The bitterness is restrained, and there's just enough of a firm presence there to balance it. It's clean, and really doesn't display any yeast character at all.

Nicely done, Efes Pilsner is a sturdy European lager that would pair well with a variety of foods (pad Thai, grilled shrimp, barbequed ribs, herbed chicken) and events (sporting events, dinner parties, a night out with the lad or lasses). Certainly worth trying! Not your average Euro-pils!

NeroFiddled, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of schmaldj
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a while since I had this beer so my memory is going to have to do. I first had it in Marmaris Turkey. It was a great beer. The color was a rich gold. The head formed nicely and dissipated slowly. Very very drinkable. As it warms up the flavor is very full. It's a beer that you can drink in a large quantity and still want more. I would recommend this to anyone.

schmaldj, May 18, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Light malt base with a nice, subdued malty sweetness. Some bittering hops. Seems appropriate for a Pils.

Appearance- Crystal clear yellow with a good, bright white head with some staying power and some lace.

Flavor- Nice blend of malt, malt sweetness, and bittering hops. Overall the taste is mild with no off-tastes of obvious flaws.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty darn good for a beer made in a Muslim country.

theopholis, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden, straw color with a decent head that settles but is retained well enough. There is a slight hop aroma, but the scent is mostly light malt. The flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops, but slightly towards the malt. It has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsner. It's light and refreshing and great with just about any food. It reminds me of a cross between a Czech and German pils because it seems a bit malty for a German pils, but a bit hoppy for a Czech.

scoobybrew, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of cproioi
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation present. Atop the beer sits a nice looking white head that left little lacing. The aroma was slightly of floral hops with a sweet juicy fruit malt aroma. The taste follows suit closely however, there was an off taste in it that made it close to un palatable. I don't know how to describe it, it was like something I have never encountered before. The body was light with a semi-dry finish. This beer left me not wanting another one at all.

cproioi, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selection of the Beer-Of-The-Month Club.
Poured a pale golden colcor with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is on the sweet side with a light fruitiness present.
Taste follows through on the fruitiness and is moderately refreshing.
The ending is more sweetness with a distinct lack of any hops.
An average beer at best.

tgbljb, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Familiar look and flavor if you've had one of the many similar styles from the Baltic or eastern Europe. Looks and smells in the glass like a sparkling cider. Bright yellow, thin, bubbly. Taste is very subtle malt and hops, with a spritzy carbonation; slightly watered-down taste and a bit of metallic aftertaste that would probably be less pronounced if fresh, from the keg. A Eurasian macro, but much cleaner taste than American (macro) pilsners. Definitely a drinkable beer and one that would go great with local fare in Istanbul. Or Constantinople. Or is it Istanbul?

tugdriver7, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, golden, straw color with a flimsy white head. Smells faintly of hops and pilsener malt. Not a whole lot of aroma here. Flavor is similar. Watery at first, then a brief appearance of hops and then a blast of sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel with super tiny bubbles scrubs the palate clean. Not much going on here. Definitely drinkable though.

BeerHonky, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear bright straw color with a nice pillowy white head. Light malt and light adjunct-like aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Pretty typical Euro lager with a touch of grain and a touch of butter. Light-medium bodied with a lightly dry finish.

Tasted: 02/06/07

($1.99 / 330 ml / 11.2 oz. light brown bottle with 'EFES' embossed around the neck 4 times)

RBorsato, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with no head whatsoever, even pouring into the middle of the glass. Smells mostly of citrusy and a tiny bit of floral hops. Tastes very clean, hardly any sweetness of any kind, not really very bitter either. Not really much in the way of taste at all. But, very clean. Mouthfeel is very watery, but otherwise not too bad. Overall, it's fairly drinkable because there's no real flavor to disagree with. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot day, I guess.

Kulrak, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Pretty plain label on a raised marking brown 11.2 fl oz. bottle. Notes it is a product of Turkey, and claims a 5 cent redemption value for TX… odd. My label is slightly different than the picture, Efes is bigger, style is the same.

Aroma: Grassy hops on a light malt base. Seems appropriate for a Pils, slightly bready.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow glass holds a fair cover of bright white head that left some clumpy lace.

Flavor: Hops are the main force. They are a bit grassy, but have a definite peppery Saaz characteristic. While the hops are firm, the beer isn’t overly bitter. Some mild rice characteristic which I might be reaching too hard for. Overall the taste is mild with no glaring flaws.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very firm almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fair Pils. Not my favorite style in the world, but this is well brewed and I’d drink a number of them on a hot day.

HardTarget, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear straw in color with a white head of medium
duration and with larger-than-average uniform bubbles. SKUNKY (can I say `kind bud'?) aroma is enough to make a dedicated ale drinker stay far away if given to try in a blind taste test. SWEET! Enough maltiness here to make you wanna brush your teeth straightaway. Yet despite this maltitude there's enough of a biting hop character to put this up on
a very low pedestal as a solid example of the pilsener style, especially given its point of origin. Body is light and alcohol is low-to-average, so once the sweetness has mellowed on the palate the hop bitterness remains with you and in a semi-dry, pleasant manner. I first really enjoyed this with a Turkish friend in a small kitchen during a crowded party in an apartment with no air conditioning, all during a scorching summer (in Minnesota that means 100F+ degrees). He's an MGD drinker but really appreciated being able to drink hometown brew (he's from Istanbul) and in the above-mentioned conditions he said the beer felt right at home. A good beer that I will pay good money for, but there are plenty of German and Bohemian Pils (e.g. Bitburger) that I prefer.

Chaz, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stubby 500ml bottle

Pours with a straw yellow body, thick fluffy head with good retention. Some thick lacing down the glass

Smell, mixed grain, little bit of corn and a hint of dms too. Some sweet malt on the nose, very slight whiff of hops

Taste, fairly crisp mouthfeel, quite dry almost a rice type character. Little bitterness from the hops, a fairly dry malty finish

A pretty dull and lifeless lager

cypressbob, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Shovelbum
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, rapidly receding, white head over a crystal clear light golden body. Aroma is clean, with a very faint trace of malt—no detectable hops. Flavor is fairly clean as well, although there is a decent spicy hop bitterness.. Body is lean. Mouthfeel is crisp with a drying finish.

A tad light in the hop department for a true pilsner, but overall a fairly clean and refreshing brew. Perhaps this would be better fresh—no way of telling how old this bottle is.

Shovelbum, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this bottle because I enjoyed drinking this beer some years ago, while on holiday in Turkey.

Very pale straw blond in colour.

The bottle, before I poured the beer, had a strong hop smell to it, but it disappeared once the beer was in my glass.

Pilsners from the Med don't have great flavours, or strong aftertastes, this one almost does have those qualities, but not quiet.

BlackHaddock, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I recently found this beer at Food Villa in Portland, OR, just down the street from my house. I figured I had to give a beer from Turkey a try. Poured a 33cl bottle to a pint glass.

A: Lightly straw-colored and very clear. About a 1/2 finger white head which fades to a weak film. A few splotchy bits of lace. A good amount of rising carbonation.

S: Nothing off-putting...more like nothing at all. I got virtually no scent coming out of the glass - maybe a hint of lightly bready malt.

T: Well, it doesn't impress me with anything unusual, but it's not bad tasting either. Pretty bland though benign. A little crackery malt and a spritz of some citrusy hops. About like drinking water with a lemon wedge squeezed into it...

M: I thought the mouthfeel was pretty decent. Clean and crisp. Smooth with just a hint of that lingering hop citrusness.

D: Worth the try, but mainly for the novelty. I probably would not buy one ever again (unless perhaps if I was in Turkey). Just too bland and brings so little to the table, especially when there are so many other flavorful beers out there.

msubulldog25, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At least its not Corona!

Light straw-gold in colour with a foamy white head. Sweet adjunct and malt smell, with a dry finish. A bit of solvent in the background there.

Bland, maize mash taste. Weak malts, nearly absent hops. Watery, chemically taste.

Carbonation is okay, but the flavour of this is so watery and harsh that its hard to drink.

BDTyre, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this undated, 11.2 oz, light brown embossed bottle into a pilsner glass. The body was a crystal clear pale yellow with one finger of head. A steady yet minimal bead slowly rose. The head quickly faded to a thin collar. The appearance did not bode well for the other features.

Smell was much stronger than I would have guessed from the faint appearance. Earthy, grainy husks. Very grassy. Sweet maltiness.

Taste was tart, bitter and mildly lemony. Hops flashed and faded quickly, a benign malt sweetness remains. This one lacked any German Pilsner coarseness in texture. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel was thin to moderate, somewaht watery. I'll drink this one if I get to Turkey but probably not before then.

Cresant, Oct 17, 2006
Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.